Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

“Sell Vatican to end hunger, comic says” (Chen-ou Liu)

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

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Church side door—
in a cracked hand
two coins

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Headlines:

“Sell Vatican to end hunger, comic says” (Toronto Star)

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“For Top Bonuses on Wall Street, 7 Figures or 8?” (Diane Mayr)

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

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soup kitchen…
the girl walks figure 8s around
her father’s legs

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Headlines:

“For Top Bonuses on Wall Street, 7 Figures or 8?” (New York Times)

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Poem by Diane Mayr (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Poverty to rise to 35-38% due to El Niño, typhoons, food crisis” (Robert D. Wilson)

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

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h-h-woman-haiga

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Headlines:

“Poverty to rise to 35%-38% due to El Niño, typhoons, food crisis” (Business Mirror)

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Haiga by Robert D. Wilson (see poet biographies).

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“The New Poor: Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs” (Diane Mayr)

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

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final relief check—
the click of her rosary
grows louder

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Headlines:

“The New Poor: Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs” (New York Times)

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Poem by Diane Mayr (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Agencies for the homeless stuggle to cope with demand” (Anon)

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

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………………..in the milk beggar’s sleeve dried bonito

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Headlines:

“Agencies for the homeless stuggle to cope with demand” (New Zealand Herald)

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Anonymous 18th century senryu translated by Dick Whyte (see Donald Keene, ‘World Within Walls’ for the original Japanese). Read more classical Japanese poetry.

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“India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor?” (Robert Moyer)

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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school lunch program
he throws it all away
except the french fries

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Headlines:

“India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor?” (New York Times)

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Poem by Robert Moyer (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Kids write Santa this year for basic needs instead of toys” (Dick Whyte)

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

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Christmas layoffs
she asks
the storefront Santa
for her mother’s
job back

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Headlines:

“Kids write Santa this year for basic needs instead of toys” (USA Today)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 3: Jack Galmitz, Neal Whitman, Seren Fargo, Michael Henry Lee, Dick Whyte

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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“Foreclosures: America’s hardest hit neighborhoods” (CNN)

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the moon
through the missing window
of the trailer

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Poem by Jack Galmitz. Read more by this poet.

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“Consumed by their passion for rare Chinese teas” (LA Times)

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pu’eh tea
culture of the leaf
darkening

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Poem by Neal Whitman. Read more by this poet.

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“Poverty in America likely to get worse, report finds” (The Guardian)

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food bank line—
striking up a conversation
with my old boss

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Poem by Seren Fargo. Read more by this poet.

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“Democratic Campaign Manager Finds Mutilated Cat on Front Steps” (Arkansas Matters)

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election year
a thousand points of light
from a distant galaxy

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Poem  by Michael Henry Lee. Read more by this poet.

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“Fishing company’s pay bump outrage” (NZ Herald)

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giving himself
another pay rise
the CEO
schedules
an early lunch

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 21: Laurence Stacey, Dick Whyte, Aditya Bahl, Kala Ramesh

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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“Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies” (read more)

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cemetery
even here
the poor section

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Poem by Laurence Stacey. Read more by this poet.

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“Campaign calls for ‘living wage’” (read more)

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minimum wage…
I envy
the sparrow

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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“Rockman and Satyam Auto workers continue their struggle despite the state’s insensitivity and brutality” (read more)

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hunger strike
into its second week…
waning moon

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Poem by Aditya Bahl. Read more by this poet.

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“Wild Elephants gather inexplicably, mourn death of ‘Elephant Whisperer’” (read more)

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everything
comes from the unborn. . .
spring song

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Poem by Kala Ramesh. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 17: Karma Tenzing Wangchuck, Stella Pierdes, Michael Henry Lee

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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“Food banks: ‘It’s immoral but we have to support people’” (read more)

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Food Bank—
the wall we lean against
worn smooth

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Poem by Karma Tenzing Wangchuck. Read more by this poet.

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“Impact of War on Children and Imperative to End War” (read more)

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spit polishing
her scuffed shoes—
war child

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Poem by Stella Pierides. Read more by this poet.

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“Silverback gorilla Quito, 31, dies at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens” (read more)

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late winter frost
i do the talking
for both of us

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Poem by Michael Henry Lee. Read more by this poet.

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